World leader in event eco-responsibility
A worldwide pioneer in event eco-responsibility, the Bagotville International Airshow implements responsible management practices consistent with Quebec and international standards.
To achieve its goals, the organizing committee is partnering with UNISFÉRA/Planetair, the environmental unit of the Bagotville Military Base, the chair in environmental research at the University de Québec à Chicoutimi and Eurêko!.
A number of certifications (see below) were awarded as a result of these concerted efforts, and the 2019 Bagotville International Airshow will be the most eco-responsible airshow in the world.
Planetair – carbon neutral
A carbon neutral event is organized and carried out in order to minimize GHG emissions and offset non-reducible emissions by purchasing recognized carbon credits that neutralize the impact on the climate. For the 2019 SAIB, ALL GHG produced by the organizers and participants, before and during the event, will be offset through Planetair’s Gold Standard carbon credits.
Planetair’s carbon neutral logo is recognized throughout Quebec and Canada. Planetair certification attests that all GHG emissions were quantified and offset. The organization offers the best carbon credits on the market, including the only forestry credits certified Gold Standard in North America. This is the most stringent standard in carbon offset projects. The credits selected by the SAIB for its 2019 event come from reforestation projects in urban and semi-urban areas in Quebec.
Launched by the Unisféra International Centre, Planetair is a service that helps reduce and offset ecological footprints, specifically, the impact on the climate caused by human activity.
International standard ISO 20121:2012 – Event sustainability management systems
This international standard specifies the requirements for an event sustainability management system. The goal is to strengthen the integration of sustainable development principles into event management. Applying this standard requires setting challenges to optimize the planning and operation processes and ongoing dialogue in order to constantly improve the event sustainability management performance.
ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of national standards bodies.
BNQ 9700-253/2010 standard – Sustainable Development – Responsible Event Management.
CFB Bagotville applied for certification from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) for its event sustainability management system. The 2019 Bagotville International Airshow (2019 SAIB) will be the pilot event that enables CFB Bagotville to demonstrate that its management system meets the requirements for the BNQ 9700-253/2010 standard. The classification level expected for the 2019 SAIB under this standard is
Level 2. Until now, there have been very few events on the scale of the SAIBthat have been certified under the BNQ’s responsible event management standard.
The BNQ 9700-253/2010 standard sets requirements for responsible event management practices that an organizer must meet to demonstrate its ability to produce an event that follows through on its commitments and takes sustainable development principles into account.
The BNQ is certified by the Standards Council of Canada as a standards development organization. Internationally renowned, it is the only organization representing the interests of Quebec in this field with the capacity to follow these rules and develop standards on this basis.
For the 2019 SAIB, financial consideration will be given to Carbone boréale in order to symbolically balance the GHG emissions generated by the travel of festival attendees.
Carbone boréale is both a program for offsetting greenhouse gases through the planting of trees and a research project conducted by researchers at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
Since 2013, EURÊKO! has been ensuring an effective execution of event eco- responsibility (green team management, ecological management of waste materials, compilation of data and awareness). The 2019 SAIB has set itself a challenge by recovering putrescible materials generated through composting in certain areas, specifically, in the volunteer cafeteria.
On the strength of its industry-recognized solid expertise, EURÊKO! offers citizens and other community, private, institutional and government actors various activities based on the defence and promotion of a healthy environment and the improvement of the quality of life of the community.
SAIB’s social involvement in the community
The SAIB promotes an improved distribution of positive spinoffs in the community. To that end, approximately 75% of SAIB suppliers are located under 100 km from the event site. As well, any unused food supplies will be redistributed free of charge to organizations such as the Maison d’accueil pour sans-abri de Chicoutimi and the Soupe populaire de Chicoutimi.